Generally, we prefer to be seen as one of those succeeding academically as opposed to being termed average. Worst is to be regarded as one of the academically poor students.
If you aren’t succeeding academically, I propose you start doing these 5 things:
1. Start and Continue each Semester with a Plan
Nothing noteworthy happens by chance. Every successful venture was planned; written down or just thought out. However, a written down plan is more efficient and reliable.
There are only so many days in a semester, so to be efficient you need to know what your goals are and what you need to do in order to succeed as you begin each semester.
Take note from the onset that your plan need not be rigid and should be realistic.
2. Associate with the Right Students
Fellow students who constantly make excuses, complain and have a negative outlook should be avoided like the plague.
Campus friends who have lost sight of the reason for which they were admitted into school are a cancer and their negative aura can rub off on you. You can tell by the activities they engage in.
Surround yourself with friends that are focused and determined to improve in their academics or simply befriend the academically best student in your class.
3. Don’t Make Excuses in Support of Your Failures
If you fail to do an assignment, fail or miss a short-gun (an impromptu test), don’t make up excuses. Don’t accuse your lecturer of being evil and wanting your downfall.
Anytime you experience failure search for the causes and learn the lessons therein. If you keep making excuses for your mistakes, you will continue to make them.
4. Don’t be Jealous or Envious of Your Mates who are Succeeding
Seeing a fellow student succeed should motivate you. Every single student has the ability to succeed academically hence wasting time envying another student’s academic success is a distraction and will side track your progress.
5. Don’t give up when you fail
Failure in itself is not bad unless when we fail to learn from that failure. From my association with academically successful students I understand that virtually all of them have a history of failure.
When you fail at anything; including following through with this advice, the wisest move will be to ‘get up’, ‘dust yourself’, and continue by drawing strength from your target end-result.
Source: Graduate Well